Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges is herself a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design's Undergraduate Program in Illustration.
After graduation, Judy Sue worked in the art departments of such places as Hallmark and Ginn & Co. before starting her own Children's Book Studio in Boston in 1989. She envisioned a place where she could nurture creative talent, and develop quality book projects for trade markets, and museum communities. Today, Studio Goodwin Sturges works on behalf of nearly 40 picture book artists worldwide, (with a staff of RISD alums!)
As a professor of Illustration for over 35 years, Judy Sue continues to nurture young talent. For the many years, Judy Sue has taught a class entitled Picture and Word. She designed this six credit course to help students interested in working in children's books understand the necessary balance between writing and illustrating. Judy Sue always co-teaches this course with an industry professional that is either working as an author and/or editor of picture books.
Although her passion is Children's Literature, Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges is a lover of all forms of artistic expression. She proves this with her Artist's Book class; a course that challenges its students to extend their concepts outside of traditional book parameters to achieve their own creative interpretations. In addition to these upper level courses, Judy Sue teaches basic Illustration concepts to sophomores, and helps guide seniors through their thesis projects.
In 2008, Judy Sue was approached by Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road project to collaborate on another double credit course entitled Folk Tales in the Digital Age. Musicians from the Project's Silk Road Ensemble worked with students in a workshop setting honing their skills in writing, story-telling, illustrating and music, culminating in a final performance. At the end of the semester, they presented Transformations: Stories from the Silk Road to the public in the RISD auditorium. The performance utilized a wide range of media, along side the ensemble's live musical accompaniment, to retell ancient travel narratives for a contemporary audience. The show was a tremendous success, and the Silk Road Project plans on collaborating with RISD again in the future.
When on break from RISD, Judy Sue likes to return to Italy, where she spent a few glorious years as the chief critic for RISD's European Honors program. While there, she attends the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, spends quality time with her Studio illustrators living abroad, and most importantly, spends time working on her own stories!